gumshoe

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English[edit]

Gumshoe (sneaker or rubber overshoe).

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gum +‎ shoe

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gumshoe (plural gumshoes)

  1. A sneaker or rubber overshoe.
  2. (slang) A detective.
    • 1920, William MacLeod Raine, chapter 20, in The Big-Town Round-Up:
      "Who's this gumshoe guy from the bush league tailin' us?"

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gumshoe (third-person singular simple present gumshoes, present participle gumshoeing, simple past and past participle gumshoed)

  1. To act as a detective.
    • 1933, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Agriculture, Hearings[1], page 25:
      The next thing they did was to send a man sent down there from Baltimore and he spent a good deal of time gumshoeing around in that county trying to get another individual put in as secretary-treasurer.
    • 1988 September 23, Achy Obejas, “Calendar”, in Chicago Reader:
      " But these days, more and more women are gumshoeing through the pages of murder mysteries.

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